Spar Mystery!: Understanding The Hound of the Baskervilles Through Debate

In this 6-week multi-day class we will search for clues and expand our critical thinking skills as we follow the great Sherlock Holmes to solve one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's finest twisty mysteries through discussion and Spar debate.
Cindy Frank
411 total reviews for this teacher
12 reviews for this class
Completed by 38 learners
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55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 6 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

*To gain confidence in speaking and organization 
*Understand all the basic ideas of debate and rhetoric
*Gain deeper understanding of mystery literature through debate
* To communicate effectively through speaking, thinking adroitly and responding fluently
* Improve memory retention and organizational skills
* Gain confidence and poise in oral presentation
* Expand vocabulary and word usage
*To gain deeper understanding of the nuances of literature and the mystery novel
Longtime teacher of literature for both middle and high school students, I am also a mystery aficionado who has taught a high school class in genre literature, featuring numerous mystery novels including The Hound of the Baskervilles. I am also the founder and former coach of an award-winning Speech and Debate team that competed at local, state and national levels, long-time speech judge for local, regional, national speech events for NCFL and National Speech and Debate Association, former teacher of high school debate and rhetoric, art history, literature, and AP Language and Composition. 
Students will be required to read the portions of the text we will be considering for the upcoming week. We will be reading three chapters a week for this class. In addition, there are optional assignments, crafted to enhance critical thinking skills, after each class. If students choose to complete the optional assignments they will receive  immediate written feedback. 
Learners will need a copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles, available via download from Project Gutenberg https://www.gutenberg.org/files/2852/2852-h/2852-h.htm or for purchase via Amazon or through Thriftbooks.com.

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Families and learners will receive written assessments throughout the class.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is of course a murder mystery, and while the descriptions are not of a graphic nature, there is mention of knives, firearms, and physical battles as well as attacks by vicious dogs that are essential to the themes of the story.  If you have questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me.
The Hound of the Baskervilles is in the public domain and available for download on Project Gutenberg.  https://www.gutenberg.org/files/2852/2852-h/2852-h.htm  Copies of the book are of course available at local libraries or for purchase via amazon.com, local bookstores,  or via second-hand bookstores such as Thriftbooks.com  https://www.thriftbooks.com/ as well at reduced prices. 
Mastermind by Maria Konnikova https://www.amazon.com/Mastermind-Think-Like-Sherlock-Holmes/dp/014312434X


Cindy Frank
Lives in the United States
Former High School Literature and Art History Teacher, Speech and Debate Coach
411 total reviews
377 completed classes

About Me

Hello, Everyone, I'm Cindy Frank!

I am at my core a word person. But when I think about the opportunity reach and reach out to students in every corner of the globe through Outschool for... 
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